The winners of the 2013-14 FA Cup will lift a brand new trophy at Wembley today – only the third edition of the world’s most famous domestic Cup.
The 2014 trophy will replace the 1992 edition, which in turn replaced the first iteration of the current design in 1911.
Made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte of London, the new trophy is made from 6.3kg of sterling silver and, standing at 61.5cm, is a perfect replica of the 1911 trophy. The 1992 trophy will remain in The FA’s possession at Wembley Stadium.
Alex Horne, General Secretary of The FA, said:
“This is an historic moment in the proud 143-year history of The FA Cup. This is only the third version of the iconic trophy since 1911.
“The current trophy is fragile and is too delicate to continue to repair, so must be retired for these reasons. However, it will remain cherished and will forever be an integral part of The FA Cup’s rich history, having been lifted by the likes of Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard and Tony Adams.”
Hand spun from Sterling Silver, the trophy underwent the painstaking process of casting, hand chasing, hand engraving and polishing. Originally commissioned in 2013, over 250 craft hours have been used to make this stunning 2014 trophy.
Hull City’s Steve Bruce could create his own piece of history this weekend — if his side beat Arsenal and he wins The FA Cup — having already lifted the previous trophy as Manchester United captain in 1994.
Liverpool won the previous trophy on its first public appearance in 1992, before Arsenal lifted the world famous Cup a year later, beating Sheffield Wednesday in what was the last final to be replayed.
There have been two different designs of the trophy, the first of which dates back to the 1871-72 season and remained in circulation until 1910. The current design was introduced in 1911.
This weekend’s Final is the 80th time the showpiece fixture will have been played at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
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